Archive - Apr 2012 - Article
2012 USA Basketball Men's Junior National Select Team
The premier high school talent in the nation, Shabazz Muhammad sat down with us after practice on Thursday. Shabazz will represent the USA against the World at the Nike Hoop Summit in a game being played at the Rose Garden in Portland, OR on Saturday Night (7PM on FSN). The spectacular 2-guard is set to announce his college destination (UCLA or Kentucky) on National Signing day, April 11th.
#8 Andrew Wiggins (6'7", Canada, 1995) - Wiggins is virtually the highlight of every event he attends, and these practices were no exception. He's nearly automatic during shoot-arounds, showing off his smooth, quick release. His effortless athleticism was on display as well. Wiggins is easily the top athlete on the team, and may be the best athlete participating in this event. I've also been extremely impressed with his defensive intensity this week.
Doron Lamb 6'4 G, Kentucky
No one benefited more from their performance over the final weekend of the tournament more than Doron Lamb. He's solidified a spot in the first round and could now hear his name as early as the mid to late teens.
He goes by many names. On the day he signed on to attend the University of Kentucky, he was Michael Gilchrist. The first time he slipped on his Wildcats jersey, he was known as Michael Kidd Gilchrist. Now, Big Blue Nation refers to him simply as MKG. After Monday night, you can even call him champion. Just as he has many names, he does a little bit of everything for his team, and was a big reason the Cats won the NCAA championship.
NCAA President, Mark Emmert, has hit the ground running since taking over in April 2010. He’s looking to reform college athletics and he’s actively working towards that goal. Among the issues he’s tackled is fighting the groundswell of support for “pay-for-play” and schools being authorized to pay their players; which may come at the expense of sports that don’t bring in revenue for schools.